The Graduate Research Assistant Mentoring Program (GRAM) is designed to provide research-active faculty with the opportunity to mentor talented graduate students through collaborative work on the faculty members' research projects. Awards will be considered internal grants, with the faculty member as PI.
Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is Friday, November 17th, 2023.
Submit your application online for the 2024-2025 funding cycle.
Note: The next competition will be for GRAM awards starting Fall 2024 and ending in Spring 2025.
- We anticipate continued support for up to 24 GRAM faculty at any given time (12 new and 12 continuing GRAMs each year).
- Students are paid $14,000 per academic year for a commitment of 20 hours per week.
- Support is guaranteed for fall and spring semesters (2024-25) with the possibility of renewal for a second year, up to four contiguous academic-year terms (excluding summers).
- GRAM students must meet all requirements for holding a research assistantship (GRA).
- GRAMs are not eligible for other graduate assistantships or student employment. They are eligible for all fellowships and scholarships.
- All students selected for the GRAM program must participate in professional development sponsored or recommended by the Graduate School:
- Year 1 GRAM students must participate in at least three (3) workshops in year one, sponsored or recommended by the Graduate School.
- Year 2 GRAM students must participate in the Graduate School's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held annually OR must attend at least three (3) approved professional development workshops sponsored or recommended by the Graduate School.
- Faculty mentors must be tenured/tenure track OR multi-year, full-time research, clinical, or professional faculty.
- Faculty members must be willing to submit mid-term and final reports documenting the work conducted as part of the GRAM program. Reports should include record of GRAM students' participation in the professional development workshops.
New Student Eligibility
- Regular (unconditional) admission to a main campus graduate degree program at App State;
- Full-time enrollment of 9-12 hours (no exceptions);
- Preference will be given for admission credentials with a minimum of 3.5 undergraduate GPA and 50th percentile on standardized test score (if available).
Continuing Student Eligibility
- Full-time enrollment of 9-12 hours (no exceptions UNLESS student is in their final semester of enrollment, has applied to graduate, and only needs 6 sh to complete the program of study);
- Good academic standing, with no grades below a B;
- Participation in the Graduate School's 3MT competition;
- Positive evaluations from faculty research mentor.
Note: It is not necessary to know the name of the GRAM student at the time you submit your application. This will be finalized at the time the GRAM appointment form is submitted in late Summer.
- Faculty members must wait one (1) year after a GRAM award ends before they are eligible to reapply.
- Total stipend must be awarded to only one student in an academic year; faculty may choose to fund two students consecutively, one each academic year.
- Maximum length of the appointment is two years; no renewals after the second year will be granted.
- GRAM students are not eligible for any other graduate assistantships.